Facebook is undoubtedly the most popular social network in the world, with more than 800 million registered users, and growing. It is, at the same time, the preferred platform of many cybercriminals to distribute a set of computer threats such as malware, phishing, likejacking, etc.
The system most commonly used by the cybercriminals is often through “deceit,” known as “Social Engineering.” It involves the use of so-called techniques such as clickjacking, likejacking. They are some sort of spam distributed in the social networks through videos, photos, or links (friends/contacts previously infected, like false profile or phantom pages.) Those pages tend to be extremely attractive, awakening curiosity and luring the viewers until they fall in their trap.
When the users attempt to access the content, they are redirected to portals created by the own cybercriminals whom will be able to gain access to the victim’s accounts without being noticed. They operate by installing malicious apps on Facebook itself, installing plug-in/add-on in the victim’s browser, or some type of malware Koobface style or similar, directly on the computer. If your Facebook account starts publishing automatically some links to videos, foreign web sites, pornography, or inappropriate content, there is a chance you have been infected with the socalled “Facebook Virus.”
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Article written by Gustavo Aguero